With its sprawling, volcanic-formed coastline and its rich wildlife, Cabo de Gata National Park is one of Spain’s most enviable beach regions. Tranquil stretches of white sand provide the perfect setting for an adventure with Originals Hotels.
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What to do at Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park, Spain
Cabo de Gata National Park in Spain boasts an other-worldly landscape of striking rock formations and vertiginous cliffs. Its eye-catching geology punctuates winding coastal hiking trails that meander along cliff edges. Perfect for all walking abilities, the famed summit of El Fraile and the scenic coastline eastward from San Jose are top hiking trails with plenty to see. In particular, the salt flats and wetlands of San Miguel are home to flamingos and seasonal visitors like white storks.
Cabo de Gata’s beaches and sea provide endless excursions. The fabulous Playa de Mónsul is the region's claim to fame, having featured in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. There are plenty more beaches, from the serene beauty of Calas del Barronal to the sublime Playa de los Genoveses. Get up close to the crystalline sea with kayaks, boats or snorkel trips and discover hidden coves and reefs. Arrecife de las Sirenas and the UNESCO-designated Global Geopark are go-to spots for water-based fun, as is the iconic lighthouse, Faro de Cabo de Gata.
Sight and sounds of Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park
The Cabo de Gata-Níjar region is ripe with attractive sites and villages to explore. At the top of any Nijar Spain what to do list is Atalaya. This romantic ruin commands extraordinary views of the Nijar valley and town. Nijar itself is awash with picturesque alleyways and centuries-old architecture like the Mudejar-style Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Encarnacion.
Around Rodalquilar, abandoned farmsteads, mines and castle fortifications are left to the elements to provide photogenic backdrops. The Gold Mines of Rodalquilar can be freely explored and a visit to La Casa de los Volcanes museum will add some historical background.
If you’re looking for where to stay in Almeria, Cortijo Los Malenos is the ultimate rustic, rural escape. Boasting traditional Andalucian features, this whitewashed farmhouse conversion is surrounded by cacti, pomegranate trees and desert flowers. Local breakfasts of fresh fruit and sesame seed bread set you up for a Cabo de Gata adventure. Book an Originals Hotels stay today and enjoy the majesty of Spanish desert living.